What is the primary mission of the Fiesta Oyster Bake?
The primary mission is to provide a quality food and entertainment event while being successful in raising funds for St. Mary's University and the St. Mary's University Alumni Association and working in conjunction with the Fiesta San Antonio Commission.
What are the main goals of the Fiesta Oyster Bake?
The main goals include providing scholarship and alumni/university programming monies, developing fellowship and promoting St. Mary's University.
When did the Fiesta Oyster Bake begin?
The first Oyster Bake was held in 1916 on the banks of the San Antonio River in conjunction with St. Mary University's downtown campus when a small group of alumni gathered for their annual meeting and election of officers. Until the early 1940s, the only people in attendance were dues paying members of the then all-male ex-students association of the university.
When did the Fiesta Oyster Bake become an official Fiesta San Antonio event?
In 1974, the Oyster Bake became an official Fiesta San Antonio event.
Who coordinates the Fiesta Oyster Bake?
The Fiesta Oyster Bake is produced by San Antonio Special Events, LLC., held on the campus of St. Mary's University and coordinated by a couple of staff members, an all-volunteer Executive Committee, a few hundred key volunteers and managers and 7,000 volunteers who contribute about 50,000 volunteer hours.
I don't like oysters, what other types of food and beverages do you offer at the Fiesta Oyster Bake?
Yes we do have oysters, but if you do not like the delectable shellfish, we offer more than 50 food and beverage items. Our orders include the following:
How do I buy the food and beverage items?
All food and beverage items must be purchased with special Fiesta Oyster Bake coupons. We have seven coupon booths available on Friday and ten coupon booths on Saturday. Our food and beverage prices are very affordable so that all of our patrons can enjoy all that the Fiesta Oyster Bake has to offer.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes. All major credit cards will be accepted at each gate and coupon booth.There will be a $20 minimum purchase for all credit card transactions.
Do you accept checks?
Are ATM's available on the grounds?
ATMs on the grounds for Friday night are available near each entrance gate. On Saturday there will be ATM's are available near each entrance gate and at the Pecan Grove.
Do you sell souvenirs?
Yes, our souvenirs include T-shirts featuring the current year's poster design, baseball caps featuring a portion of the design, buttons, and Mardi Gras beads. All souvenir sales are cash or coupons.
Who operates the food, beverage and money booths?
Except for our carnival area, the majority of our booths are organized and operated by volunteers who cook and serve food, serve beverages, count money, or sell coupons and souvenirs. We also have about 30 St. Mary's University student groups and alumni association chapters who sell food and beverage items and make a percentage of the profits for their own organizations.
How many people attend the Fiesta Oyster Bake?
Approximately 70,000 patrons and volunteers attend the one and a half day celebration.
Are families encouraged to attend the Fiesta Oyster Bake?
Definitely! We especially encourage families to attend the Friday Night event because on that evening we offer entertainment geared towards families and a fireworks spectacular at the end of the event. On both days, kids and kids at heart can visit our carnival area known as Shuckie Street, named for our Fiesta Oyster Bake mascot. We offer rides and games for children of all ages. Also, children, 12 years old and younger, receive FREE admission to the Bake on both Friday and Saturday.
What should I wear to Fiesta Oyster Bake?
The weather in April can be warm, so we recommend that you wear something comfortable, especially wear comfortable shoes. Crowds tend to walk the 70+ acres of the event as they go from section to section listening to the various types of music, and sampling the food and beverage selections. We also recommend that you wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water to avoid any heat related illnesses. Be prepared for any type of weather.
Can I leave the event and come back later?
No, you cannot leave and come back. We only offer in/out access to St. Mary's University students and we do not give refunds for admission tickets or food and beverage coupons.
Can I bring my pet?
No pets or animals are allowed onto the Fiesta Oyster Bake grounds, except those animals used to aid physically-challenged patrons.
What accommodations are available for patrons with disabilities?
ADA approved ramps and port-a-johns are available on the grounds, and are clearly designated on grounds maps available at the various coupon booths.
Is the Fiesta Oyster Bake safe and secure?
Regarding security, hours of planning are expended each year, and numerous law enforcement personnel are hired to maintain Fiesta Oyster Bake's history of a safe and enjoyable event. An express goal is to make each attendee, either patron or volunteer, comfortable and relaxed in the enjoyment of all Fiesta Oyster Bake has to offer. Also on site at the event, we have multiple First Aid Stations, members of the San Antonio Fire Department, members of the San Antonio Health Department, and trained paramedics with fully-equipped ambulances. Many hours are spent developing and implementing our safety and security plan, which has been recognized as one of the best in the country for festivals and events.
What restrictions exist when attending the Fiesta Oyster Bake?
Is there a Lost and Found area at the Bake?
Yes, it is located in our carnival area. If you have more serious concerns such as a lost family member, contact one of the many police officers on site.
Where do I park at the event?
We appreciate the patience of our neighbors each year as we conduct the Fiesta Oyster Bake. Because we are located in a residential area, parking is somewhat congested around the event. We offer limited on-campus parking for $15, but we encourage everyone to take the VIA Park and Ride bus shuttles to the Bake. VIA charges each rider a small fee and they operate the Park-and-Ride shuttles from various San Antonio locations. As an incentive to take VIA to the Bake, patrons who use this service receive a coupon for one FREE bottle of soda or bottled water at the Fiesta Oyster Bake. The coupon may be redeemed at any of our six soda booth locations. The coupon is not valid at the carnival area.
Who is the Fiesta Oyster Bake mascot?
We actually have two mascots, but the most recognizable one is Shuckie the Oyster. He is the one that appears on our letterhead and in the annual Fiesta Oyster Bake poster design. We have a costume of Shuckie that we take to various promotions including school parties and university events. A couple of years ago, a second mascot, Pearl, was created to give Shuckie some companionship. So the next time you see a couple of "oysters" roaming the streets, don't worry, it's just Shuckie and Pearl promoting the Fiesta Oyster Bake.
Do you accept corporate sponsorships?
Yes we do! Much of the financial success of the Fiesta Oyster Bake has been due to the generous support of many local and national companies. Official sponsors, like Bud Light, are offered the opportunity of partnering with the Fiesta Oyster Bake and may receive many marketing and philanthropic benefits. If you or your company would like to become a sponsor of the Fiesta Oyster Bake, please call the St. Mary's University Alumni Relations Office at (210) 436-3324.
What types of entertainment do you offer at the Fiesta Oyster Bake?
We offer many types of entertainment. On Friday evening, we offer five stages of continuous music featuring Country/Americana, 80s/90s Rock, R&B/Hip Hop, Jazz and Children's entertainment. Also to end the evening on Friday, we have our Fireworks Spectacular. On Saturday, we offer five stages of continuous music featuring Rock, Tejano, Classic Rock, Country, Variety Rock and Children's entertainment. Past entertainers have included The Dixie Chicks, Pat Green, Charlie Robison, Fastball, Tonic, Better Than Ezra, Bobby Pulido, Emilio, Ram Herrera, The Drifters, The Coasters, American Hi Fi, Default, Kevin Fowler, Los Lonely Boys, and Robert Earl Keen, Three Days Grace, Alterbridge, John Waite, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Stoney LaRue, Ha*Ash, Belinda. In addition to the local, regional and national musical entertainment, we have a carnival area featuring rides, games and other attractions on Friday and Saturday. With more than 30 musical acts to see during the event for one low price, the Fiesta Oyster Bake is regarded as one of the best values in the area.
My band wants to play at the Fiesta Oyster Bake, what do I need to do?
If your band is interested in playing at the Bake, please send a promotional kit of your band and include a bio, tape or CD, picture, references, a list of performance dates and fee range. We begin contracting with bands in the Fall. If the committee is interested in your band, we will contact you. We receive many promo kits, but we only have space for about 30 bands.
What are the times of the event?
How much are the admission tickets?Our ticket prices are the following:
Pre-sale tickets go on sale on March 21, 2014 at all participating Texas HEB stores.
How much money does the Fiesta Oyster Bake make?
For the last ten years, the net profits have averaged about $550,000. The Fiesta Oyster Bake Committee and the St. Mary's University Alumni Association appreciate the support of our volunteers, patrons and neighbors for helping make the Fiesta Oyster Bake a great success. See "Where The Money Goes" for more details about the economic impact of the Fiesta Oyster Bake for St. Mary's University and the San Antonio community.